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Sarasota Co. has most advanced fingerprint system on earth

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The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is now using the most advanced fingerprint technology in the world.

Solving Sarasota County's crimes is a never ending job. Along with canvassing thousands of crime scenes, the department processes about 15,000 fingerprints a year.

Now, deputies have a new tool to make the job easier, and it's the first one of its kind in the world.

It's called the Morpho Biometric Identification Solution (MorphoBIS), and it's the most advanced fingerprint system out there, and it came at a cost of $1.2 million.

Fingerprint unit supervisor Brenda Viana said, "What we expect is that we'll be able to identify more people who are perpetrating crimes. And by identifying more people, we'll be able to get them off the streets and prevent them from reoffending."

Here's how it works- after a print is taken from a scene, it's captured into the system.

Then the search begins. It's compared to thousands of fingerprints spread across a number of databases including county criminal databases, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the FBI.

MorphoBIS analyzes the intricate details and slight distinctions found between thousands of stored prints.

Then the system comes up with a list of matches.

Once a print is identified, it's studied by examiners, hopefully leading to an arrest.

This system is faster and more accurate than any other fingerprinting technology today. And with this, they can identify new suspects in unsolved crimes.

Viana said, "Fingerprints that we weren't able to identify in our previous system, we're now being able to identify it in this system."

Already they've solved a few unsolved crimes, and they hope to keep making progress.

There are plenty of crimes out there to solve, and hopefully this new system will make our communities safer.

The Sarasota County Sheriff's office has a new more advanced fingerprint system. It's called the Morpho Biometric Identification Solution, or MorphoBIS.

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